The Tigers returned to action at home on Tuesday night and turned in a solid defensive effort against regional foe, Great Lakes Christian College, coming away with a 77-61 victory and improving their season record to 9-12. Grace held the Crusaders to 24 first half points and led by 15 at the break, but some sloppy offensive play by the Tigers early in the second half let Great Lakes claw their way back to within three points. Coach Bailey inserted his starters back into the lineup and the Tigers gradually built their lead back up to 21 points with better decision making and excellent free throw shooting.
Sophomore Cameron Cramer came off the bench and led the Tigers with 17 points. Zach Schutte with 14, Nick Mascorro with 11, and Aaron Schutte with 10 were the other Tigers in double figure scoring. Aaron Schutte led Grace with 8 rebounds as the Tigers held a 38-31 advantage in that department. Zach Schutte led the team with five assists. The Tigers played without Travis Rader and Jake Blauwkamp who suffered injuries in practice the night before. They will be re-evaluated by the trainer before this weekends game at Boyce College.
The Tigers held the Crusaders to 34% shooting from the field and 26% from the free throw line. “I thought our zone defense looked good tonight, especially in the first half,” said Assistant Coach Dan George. Grace had one of their best free throw nights of the season, going 19 for 22 (86%), and they also shot well from the field at 50% (27/54).
The Tigers travel to Louisville, Kentucky on Friday night for a 7 pm contest against Boyce College. They will be back home a week from tonight on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 pm to take on regional and cross town rival, Kuyper College.